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2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE 91 Five photo finishes ASU Karsten, Tempe The 18th hole on this Pete Dye links layout was named one of the most difficult holes in Arizona by Arizona Golf Journal, while Western Links Magazine calls it " one of the best finishing holes in the West." SunRidge Canyon, Fountain Hills This 432- yard par 4 plays longer and tougher than the scorecard shows— adjacent to a lake and uphill, with a progressively steeper grade. Named one of the Valley's Best 18 by The Arizona Republic. Eagle Mountain, Fountain Hills Another occupant among the Valley's Best, this hole ( nicknamed " That's Golf") drops nore than 100 feet from the tee box to a wide fairway. Troon North ( Pinnacle), Scottsdale It's No. 1 when it comes to No. 18s — with a backdrop of Pinnacle Peak, The Republic's readers and expert panel selected this as numero uno in the Valley. TPC of Scottsdale With water left and a fairway bunker ready to eat up near-perfect drives, this fine finisher for the PGA TOUR's FBR Open is arguably the most famous 18th on the list. GOLF DIGEST: Greatest in Arizona 1. Forest Highlands Golf Course ( Canyon) Flagstaff 2. The Estancia Club Scottsdale 3. The Stone Canyon Course Oro Valley 4. Pine Canyon Flagstaff 5. The Club at Seven Canyons Sedona 6. The Rim Golf Course Payson 7. Desert Forest Golf Course Carefree 8. Forest Highlands Golf Course ( Meadow) Flagstaff 9. The Golf Club Scottsdale 10. Troon Golf and Country Club Scottsdale 11. Whisper Rock Golf Course ( Upper) Scottsdale 12. The Golf Course at Chaparral Pines Payson 13. Quintero Golf and Country Club Peoria 14. Desert Highlands Golf Course Scottsdale 15. Whisper Rock Golf Course ( Lower) Scottsdale 16. The Gallery Golf Course ( North) Marana 17. The Mirabel Course Scottsdale 18. Desert Mountain Course ( Chiricahua) Scottsdale 19. Silverleaf Golf Course Scottsdale 20. Troon North Golf Course ( Monument) Scottsdale 21. Talking Rock Club Prescott 22. Blackstone Country Club Peoria 23. Desert Mountain Course ( Renegade) Scottsdale 24. Desert Mountain Course ( Geronimo) Scottsdale 25. The Gallery Golf Course ( South) Marana GOLFWEEK: Best You Can Play in Arizona 1. We- Ko- Pa ( Saguaro) Fountain Hill 2. We- Ko- Pa ( Cholla) Fountain Hill 3. Troon North ( Monument) Scottsdale 4. Talking Stick ( North) Scottsdale 5. Boulders Resort ( North) Carefree 6. Ventana Canyon ( Mountain) Tucson 7. Golf Club at Estrella Phoenix 8. Laughlin Ranch Bullhead City 9. SunRidge Canyon Fountain Hills 10. Grayhawk ( Raptor) Scottsdale 11. Boulders Resort ( South) Carefree 12. TPC Scottsdale ( Stadium) Scottsdale 13. Troon North ( Pinnacle) Scottsdale 14. Wigwam ( Gold) Litchfield Park 15. Arizona National Tucson 16. Talking Stick ( South) Scottsdale 17. Grayhawk ( Talon) Scottsdale 18. Ventana Canyon ( Canyon) Tucson 19. Apache Stronghold Globe 20. Whirlwind ( Cattail), Chandler photos: The arizona republic TOP: The Boulders INSET: The Pinnacle course at Troon North

92 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE recreation by Lisa Kasanicky A sk a crowd of locals which spas rank as their favorites and you're likely to get answers as varied as the colors of an Arizona sunset. With the Valley area alone claiming stake to more than 30 world- class resort and hotel spas, the Grand Canyon state has become the hot seat of leisure and relaxation. What makes the Valley such a highly sought spa destination? The answer lies in the unparalleled treatments and transformational spaces that define this spa- rich landscape. Healing treatments With a host of indigenous healing herbs and customs at their fingertips, Valley spas have set the bar for weaving native traditions into unique and unrivaled treatment offerings. Agave, The Arizona Spa at the Westing Kierland Resort pays tribute to their namesake with the signature Blue Agave Mud Wrap. Extracts from the desert agave plant play a key role in re- hydrating skin during this nourishing journey, which includes an agave nectar sugar scrub, agave oil application, and a crowning blue agave mud wrap that penetrates skin with moisture ( 80 minutes, from $ 205). Agave, The Arizona Spa at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa 6902 East Greenway Parkway Scottsdale 85254 ( 480) 624- 1500 www. kierlandresort. com Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 East Princess Drive Scottsdale 85255 ( 480) 585- 2732 www. willowstream. com The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 East Crescent Moon Drive Scottsdale 85262 ( 480) 515- 5700 www. fourseasons. com Joya Spa at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa 4949 East Lincoln Drive Paradise Valley 85253 ( 480) 627- 3200 www. joyaspa. com Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler 85226 ( 602) 385- 5759 www. wildhorsepassresort. com Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive Carefree 85377 480- 595- 3500 www. goldendoor. com TOP/ INSET: Agave, The Arizona Spa at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Valley of the Spas Discover bliss and tranquility at a luxurious retreat near you Contact Information: photoS: Westin kierland resort & spa